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Boris Johnson

EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier walks back to his hotel in Westminster after leaving meetings on Victoria Street, London, during a break in talks as efforts continue to strike a post-Brexit trade deal in October last year - Credit: PA

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Brexit talks with Britain were plagued by ‘Tory quarrels and low blows’, says Michel Barnier

Britain’s Brexit trade deal with the EU was determined by “quarrels, low blows, [and] multiple betrayals” by self-aggrandizing Tory MPs, Michel Barnier has written in his long-awaited memoirs. The UK’s problem, writes Barnier in The Great Illusion, was that it began negotiations by “talking to themselves,” leading its negotiating team to “underestimate the legal complexity of this divorce, […]
Prime minister Boris Johnson listens to Labour leader Keir Starmer during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London - Credit: PA

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PMQs: Keir Starmer accuses Boris Johnson of ‘sleaze, cronyism and scandal’ over Downing Street refurb

Sir Keir Starmer has accused Boris Johnson of “sleaze, cronyism and scandal” after the Electoral Commission launched an investigation into the refurb of the prime minister’s Downing Street flat. Sir Keir used Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) to grill Johnson over the Commission’s announcement. “Who initially, and prime minister, initially is the key word here, who initially […]
Work and pension minister Therese Coffey said the public was not interested in 'some wallpaper or sofas' in Boris Johnson's flat - Credit: Sky News

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Minister downplays concerns surrounding PM’s flat refurb claiming public ‘aren’t interested in wallpaper or sofas’

A cabinet minister has downplayed concerns over the refurbishment of Boris Johnson’s official residency by Tory Party donors, declaring the public was not interested in “some wallpaper or sofas”. Work and pensions minister Therese Coffey also said “the right declarations will be made” in due course showing the prime minister is personally paying for the £200,000 refurbishment. Questions have […]
Prime minister Boris Johnson (right) and former defence minister Johnny Mercer (centre) during a service at the cenotaph in St Peter's Square, Wolverhampton, to mark Armistice Day in 2019 - Credit: PA

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Ex-minister says Boris Johnson’s government is a ‘cesspit’ where ‘almost nobody’ tells the truth

A former defence minister has described Boris Johnson’s government as a “cesspit” and the “most distrustful, awful environment” that he has ever worked in. A day after quitting his job, Johnny Mercer launched an extraordinary attack on Johnson and fellow ministers, accusing them of being “cowards” for backtracking on promises to end “vexatious historical investigations” of veterans who […]
Prime minister Boris Johnson at a media briefing - Credit: PA

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Scathing report accuses Boris Johnson of ‘only caring for England’

A scathing new report has accused Boris Johnson of “speaking for England alone” and having “considerable indifference” to the devolved nations. Research from the University of Cambridge’s Bennett Institute for Public Policy accuses Westminster of treating devolved administrations with contempt and handling the maintaining of the Union as “someone else’s problem”. The “Union at the Crossroads” document comes […]
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford (pictured above) said his party would "look constructively" at Boris Johnson's proposals for a Covid passport scheme - Credit: PA

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SNP ‘looking constructively’ at Covid passport scheme amid speculation it could back proposals

The SNP is “constructively” looking at proposals for a Covid passport scheme amid reports it could support the measures in a House of Commons vote. Some 41 Tory MPs and Labour have hardened their positions against the “Covid Status Certification” programme, warning the checks would create a “two-tier” nation. But the government’s fortunes could be turning after Ian Blackford, the SNP’s […]
Prime minister Boris Johnson during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on coronavirus (Covid-19) - Credit: PA

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MPs call for investigation into Boris Johnson’s alleged ‘breach of ministerial code’ over Covid contracts

MPs have called for an investigation into whether Boris Johnson broke the ministerial code in remarks he made about the procurement of Covid contracts. Labour’s Debbie Abrahams, Greens MP Caroline Lucas and Lib Dem foreign affairs spokesperson Layla Moran have written to the cabinet secretary Simon Case demanding an investigation into the prime minister’s comments. Johnson falsely […]
International trade secretary Liz Truss in the House of Commons - Credit: Parliament Live

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Liz Truss and Kemi Badenoch accused of creating ‘hostile environment’ as LGBT advisers resign

Three of the government’s LGBT advisers have resigned as they issued sharp criticism of equalities ministers Liz Truss and Kemi Badenoch. Jayne Ozanne accused Boris Johnson’s government of creating a “hostile environment” for LGBT people and criticised the two ministers as being “ignorant” on key issues. The government’s Equalities Office also confirmed that it had […]
First minister Mark Drakeford speaking at a Covid press conference in Cardiff, Wales - Credit: PA

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Welsh first minister says UK ‘is over’ in blistering attacks on No 10’s handling of devolution

Mark Drakeford has told a Welsh Affairs Committee that the union “is over” and a new one was needed to reflect a “voluntary association of four nations”. The first minister also condemned Downing Street’s approach of bypassing the devolved administrations through levelling up funds. He stated: “For the first time since devolution, we are dealing with a UK government […]
Ursula von der Leyen addresses MEPs. Photograph: Daina LE LARDIC/European Parliament.

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EU drops vote to ratify Brexit deal after Boris Johnson ‘violates’ agreement

MEPs have dropped plans to approve Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal after the UK government was accused of violating the agreement. The UK’s latest Brexit move saw the government unilaterally extend the Northern Ireland Protocol grace period until October, despite on-going conversations with the EU. In a damning statement, Maroš Šefčovič, vice president of the European Commission, said the move announced […]
A woman walks past freshly painted loyalist graffiti in the Shankill area of Belfast, Northern Ireland - Credit: Getty Images

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Loyalists write to PM withdrawing support for Good Friday Agreement

Loyalist paramilitary organisations have told prime minister Boris Johnson they are withdrawing support for Northern Ireland’s historic peace agreement. The outlawed groups said they were temporarily withdrawing their backing of the Belfast/Good Friday accord amid mounting concerns about the contentious Northern Ireland Protocol governing Irish Sea trade post-Brexit. However, they stressed that unionist opposition to […]
Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the French biotechnology laboratory Valneva in Livingston during a visit to Scotland. - Credit: PA

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Boris Johnson claims ‘nothing will stop him’ after visiting vaccine plant suffering from coronavirus outbreak

Boris Johnson has been branded “reckless” for visiting a Scottish vaccine plant which saw a coronavirus outbreak just 24 hours before. A report in the Daily Record revealed Johnson visited Valneva’s plant in Livingston last week as they started manufacturing their Covid-19 vaccine – just one day after public health officials uncovered a surge in coronavirus cases. Officials […]
Piers Morgan (far left) and Susanna Reid host a panel to discuss the government's coronavirus measures on Good Morning Britain - Credit: Twitter, GMB

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Piers Morgan says Boris Johnson’s ‘indecision’ over Covid measures has left the UK in the ‘worst of all worlds’

Piers Morgan has accused Boris Johnson of delaying unpopular decisions to control the coronavirus pandemic because he fears displeasing people. The Good Morning Britain co-host said the prime minister’s indecision had left the UK in the “worst of all worlds”. Morgan argued the prime minister was more concerned about headlines than he was about introducing unpopular but […]
Prime minister Boris Johnson arriving in Biarritz, France, for the annual G7 summit - Credit: PA

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Boris Johnson calls for a ‘civil and kind’ politics ahead of free school meals debate

Boris Johnson has demanded politicians be more “civil and kind” to each after debates surround the provision of free school meals sparked public reprisals against MPs. The prime minister’s press secretary, Allegra Stratton, said the debate around free school meals had made life “very unpleasant” for Conservative MPs. This comes as the prime minister accused Labour supporters of using a […]
Jacob Rees-Mogg in the House of Commons - Credit: Twitter

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Jacob Rees-Mogg claims fish captured after Brexit deal came into effect were ‘British and happier for it’

Jacob Rees-Mogg has claimed fish captured after the Brexit deal came into effect were “British and happier for it”. Rees-Mogg suggested Scottish fishermen should be happy that Britain “got our fish back”, even though many faced financial difficulties caused by stock rotting at British ports due to Brexit-related hold-ups. Responding to the SNP’s Tommy Sheppard’s question on compensating those […]